Movies/TV

Details Emerge About Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Season Two

Playlist is reporting some exciting details about David Fincher’s stellar Netflix series Mindhunter and what is in store for season two.

It has been confirmed that the mastermind of the production, David Fincher, will return to direct both the premiere and the finale of season two.  Fincher will be joined by Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress, One False Move, HBO’s Vinyl and The Leftovers) who will direct four of the episodes with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse JamesKilling Me Softly) rounding out the trio and directing two of the episodes as well.   read more

‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis to Star in ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

Sophia Lillis earned tremendous praise over her performance as Beverly Marsh in last fall’s theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Now, in addition to the sequel to It, Lillis will be working with Warner Brothers again to portray another classic literary character.

Deadline reports that Lillis will play the River Heights mystery solver Nancy Drew in the upcoming film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. The movie will be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins, and the studio plans to begin shooting soon. read more

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Cancelled by Starz

It’s a sad day for horror fans and fans of Ashley J. Williams’ brand of humor and Deadite-slaying as Variety has reported that Starz has cancelled the popular gore-fest after three seasons.

According to Variety, “the show had seen a steep fall off in its ratings during Season 3, averaging just a 0.08 rating in adults 18-49 and 177,000 viewers per episode with two episodes remaining in the season.”

Bruce Campbell added to the Hollywood Reporter, “Ash vs. Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers.” read more

First Poster for 2018’s ‘Halloween’ is Released

Fans of the Halloween franchise have been pining for a trailer, teaser, poster…any new word about the new Halloween recently wrapped by Blumhouse Productions. Well, today Blumhouse, along with development director Ryan Turek, finally tweeted the first poster for the new film.

Set to release on October 19th, the new Halloween picks up where the original 1978 John Carpenter classic left off. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Shape) as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Based on a script from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the synopsis of the upcoming film reads: read more

Universal Releases Final Trailer for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out, and it delivers diverse set pieces and a ton of new information about the plot of the story. Featuring dinosaurs on rooftops, dinosaurs in a church, and a dinosaur in a kid’s bedroom, the clip shows that the filmmakers have thought of many original and interesting locations to place their prehistoric creatures in this movie!

The trailer shows Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howards’ Claire being tricked by an evil corporation into going back to the location of the failed Jurassic World park to “rescue” Blue the velociraptor and other famous reptiles. Turns out, they want to sell the creatures off as trained predators… what could possibly go wrong? read more

Cary Elwes and Jake Busey Join Season Three Cast of ‘Stranger Things’

At the Netflix sponsored ‘See What’s Next’ event in Rome, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced that Cary Elwes and Jake Busey have joined the cast of Stranger Things according to a report on Deadline.

Elwes is a fan favorite of the genre, starring in the first installment of the iconic SAW series as Dr. Lawrence Gordon, the character that famously severed his own foot. He reprised his role in SAW 3D, which was released in 2010. In addition to his horror roles, the actor also appeared in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Princess Bride, Kiss the Girls, and Twister. read more

Ian Somerhalder Set to Star in ‘V-Wars’ Series on Netflix

Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Finale Nets Lowest Ratings Since Season 1

While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones. read more

Artwork Released for ‘The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday’

Horror fans love “making of” documentaries. What fan doesn’t want to find out what was going through the director’s mind as they filmed a particular favorite scene or killed off a main character? Well, director Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and producers Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods) will be taking us on a journey of what was going on behind the scenes of that crazy ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise: Jason Goes to Hell. read more

R. Lee Ermey Passes Away at 74

The horror world, along with all of Hollywood, suffered a big loss on Sunday.  R. Lee Ermey, the rugged and big-voiced actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1987 for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, passed away at the age of 74.  The announcement was made by his manager Bill Rogin on his Twitter account, with the cause of death reported to be complications from pneumonia.

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.  He was a former drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, eventually achieving the rank of staff sergeant in the early 1970s.  His combat experience during the Vietnam War would help lend authenticity to his numerous roles as military personnel during his career in Hollywood.  In addition to the role of tough-talking and strict drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Jacket, Ermey also appeared in authoritative roles in films such as Seven, Toy Soldiers, Dead Man Walking and Leaving Las Vegas (among more than 100 recognized roles on IMDB.)  Even children would recognize his gruff and stern voice from roles on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and of course as Army Sarge on all three Toy Story movies. read more